From Publishers Weekly
Gutcheon concludes the Moss family saga that began with Leeway Cottage
in a disappointing fashion. Laurus and Sydney Brant Moss have died, and it's up to their three children, Eleanor, Monica and Jimmy, to divide up the estate. Naturally, the process exposes old frictions and creates new ones while sparking reminiscences of their lives, notably concerning their difficult relationships with their prickly mother, who hid venom beneath a veneer of social graciousness. The narration is many-voiced; the siblings, their spouses and children, their friends and neighbors, and even the dead contribute to the storytelling. While the points-of-view of the living are maddeningly self-involved, the dead really seem to understand what's going on. The effect is both tragic and mildly amusing, but gradually, it becomes difficult to feel for the characters. Though the novel is beautifully written, the narrative becomes frustrating and claustrophobic repetitive as it wears on. (Aug.)
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“Gutcheon’s gift is for pure storytelling. . . . Her characters and settngs are alive, sparkling with deft touches of period detail; her narrative voice is knowing and wry, exasperated and affectionate.” (New York Newsday)
“Good-Bye and Amen is a tour de force of structure and voice. Gutcheon had me at the first sentence and I didn’t put the book down until I had finished it. Marvelous and memorable.” (Karen Joy Fowler, author of Wit’s End and The Jane Austen Book Club)
“[A]n undeniably rich, no-holds-barred portrait of an American family. Strongly recommended.” (Library Journal on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN)
“[B]eautifully written.” (Publishers Weekly on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN)
“[C]ompellingly drawn…A true New England novel, charming but a bit chilly.” (Kirkus Reviews on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN)
“[C]ompelling…Beautifully written and told from varying points of view, this sweeping saga will strike a chord with anyone who loves to read about family. Four stars.” (Romantic Times on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN)
“Editor’s Choice.” (Denver Post on GOOD-BYE AND AMEN)